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Trenton Police Dog Injured, Rear Legs Paralyzed

Police dog Kopper is 12 years old and has worked with the Trenton Police Department for 10 years.

Trenton police dog Kopper sustained an injury that temporarily paralyzed his rear legs during a training exercise in Alpena on Oct. 1.

The injury took place while Kopper was attending the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers annual seminar with his handler, Trenton Police Officer Rick Tanguay.

As Kopper was running after a decoy he suffered a fibrocartilaginous embolism or spinal stroke, which, although not painful in most cases, caused paralysis to his rear legs, according to Tanguay.

"I was scared for him, but luckily I had good people around me and we took him to the hospital in less than 15 minutes," Tanguay said.

Tanguay and another officer rushed Kopper to a veterinarian hospital in Alpena where he was stabilized and transferred to an animal neurology and MRI center in Commerce. Kopper underwent an MRI, which allowed doctors to identify the cause of the paralysis.

Kopper could not stand on his own or move his rear legs on the day of the injury, but is now walking, sitting and standing on his own, according to Tanguay.

"Kopper is now home and resting," Tanguay said. "Kopper is currently doing home exercises to regain his strength in his rear legs."

There was no word on whether or not Kopper will return to active duty with the Trenton Police Department as of Wednesday afternoon.

Kopper is 12 years old and has worked with the Trenton Police Department for 10 years.

Check out video of Kopper in action by clicking here or by clicking the video link below the photo for this article.

Jon Dufresne October 04, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Why is this news? Happy the animal is okay but a friggin MRI ??? How much did that cost the city?
Beth Charnock Verduce October 05, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Jon you are aware that Kopper is not just a dog, but an officer of the law, right?
cheryl macari October 07, 2012 at 06:01 PM
YES an MRI for this dog which has helped to protect you for the past 10 years.
SUSAN BURKHART October 08, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I mean you cares how much it cost he works for the department!!!
Lynn October 08, 2012 at 02:03 AM
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”... Mahatma Gandhi. MRI for Kopper because it is the right thing to do.

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